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l86          MY    COUNTRY   AND    MY    PEOPLE


With the Doctrine of Social Status and the conception of
stratified equality, certain, laws of Chinese social behaviour
arise as a result. They are the three immutable laws of the
Chinese universe, more eternal than a Roman Catholic dogma,
and more authoritative than the Constitution of the United
States. They are, in fact, the three Muses ruling over China,
rather than General Chiang Kaishek or Wang Chingwei.
Their names are Face, Fate and Favour. These three sisters
have always ruled China, and are ruling China still. The
only revolution that is real and that is worth while is a revo-
lution against this female triad. The trouble is that these
three women are so human and so charming. They corrupt
our priests, flatter our rulers, protect the powerful, seduce the
rich, hypnotize the poor, bribe the ambitious and demoralize
the revolutionary camp. They paralyse justice, render in-
effective all paper constitutions, scorn at democracy, contemn
the law, make a laughing stock of the people's rights, violate
all traffic rules and club regulations, and ride roughshod over
the people's home gardens. If they were tyrants, or if they
were ugly, like the Furies, their reign might not endure so
long; but their voices are soft, their ways are gentle, their feet
tread noiselessly over the law courts, and their fingers move
silently, expertly, putting the machinery of justice out of order
while they caress the judge's cheeks. Yes, it is immeasurably
comfortable to worship in the shrine of these pagan women.
For that reason, their reign will last in China for some time

In order to understand the conception of favour, it is necessary
to know the beautiful simplicity of life in which the Chinese
have lived. The Chinese ideal of society has always been one
in which the "administration is simple and the punishments
are light." A personal, human touch always colours the
Chinese conception of law and government. TTbie Chinese are
invariably suspicious of laws and lawyers, and of a highly
mechanized society. Their ideal is one in which people living
in the heyday of peace and leisure retain a good measure of